In Escondido, It's All Over But The Booksale

Here's the President of the Escondido (CA) Friends of the Library showing what's left from their closed branch library.

Former patrons of the closed East Valley Branch Library in Escondido will have a last chance to pick a best-seller off the shelf this weekend when the city holds a sale to clear all books from the building.

About 10,000 books and several shelves of movies on videotape are scheduled to go on sale from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at the old branch library, 2245 E. Valley Parkway, which closed in June because of budget cuts.

The branch once held about 54,500 volumes, and about 44,000 books have been moved to the main library. At the invitation of recently retired librarian Laura Mitchell, 15 Escondido elementary school teachers then took about 40 boxes of children's books for their students.

The 10,000 or so books that remain are about twice the number the Friends of the Escondido Public Library usually has in its inventory in the bookstore at the main library, 239 S. Kalmia St., said Friends President Elmer Cameron, pictured above.

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